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President's Blog

The University President, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, periodically posts blogs and email messages to the University community and the public about important University relations, developments, and updates.

Read his most recent blogs below and subscribe to receive all updates.

President's Blog

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    Some Good News

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 08/25/2021 - 1:47pm

    Dear faculty and staff members,

    The legislative session that ended in June resulted in the most significant investment in higher education in Louisiana since 2008.

    The budget approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards included salary increases for faculty members at the state’s public colleges and universities and market pay adjustments for classified employees.

    In the weeks since the session’s conclusion, the University has worked to determine if we could provide pay increases to our unclassified staff members as well.

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    What Today's FDA Approval Means for You

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 08/23/2021 - 4:49pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    As you may know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and over on Monday.

    The University of Louisiana System previously requested that the Louisiana Department of Health add COVID-19 to the schedule of required immunizations for students enrolled at all system institutions, including UL Lafayette, when a vaccine received full FDA approval.

    Shortly following the FDA’s announcement this morning, LDH granted the system’s request.

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    Welcome Back!

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 08/23/2021 - 8:19am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester and the new academic year!

    The fall semester is always a special time. New and returning students, faculty and staff members enliven the University with an undeniable air of optimism and excitement about
    the possibilities that lie ahead in the new academic year and beyond.

    Fall is a season to welcome and to reconnect – to the campus, to new friends and longtime colleagues, and to the activities and experiences that define University life. 

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    Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 07/21/2021 - 9:00am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Today, the University is launching the “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!” incentives program that rewards students who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine and encourages those who have not to do so.

    Fully vaccinated students are eligible to win one of 10 prizes in a series of drawings that begin Tuesday, Aug. 10, and continue through early October.

    Prizes include two iPhone 12s, two MacBook Airs, two Oculus Quests, an Apple Watch, free campus parking, and two, $300 Declining Balances.

    To participate, students must:

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